Remains Found Buried In Basement Of Long Island Home Identified

December 12, 2018 - 2:33 pm

LAKE GROVE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Human remains discovered buried in the basement of a Long Island home have been identified.

The medical examiner's office has confirmed the remains are those of George Carroll, who went missing in 1961.

The remains were discovered buried in the basement of the Lake Grove home on Halloween by his son, 57-year-old Michael Carroll, who has lived in the house all his life. For decades he heard rumors that his father, a Korean War vet, was buried in the house. 

After three years of digging, Michael Carroll now has some sense of closure.

George Carroll disappeared shortly after son was born and Michael doesn't know what happened to his father. His mother, the one person who might have had some answers, died in 1998.

"This was never supposed to be ever uncovered, and it was never to be found. We ruined a perfect crime. We just disrupted the whole thing and we did it. I feel great about that," Carroll told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall.

The police would only say they are investigating the case as a homicide.

Carroll plans to hold a memorial for his father in the spring.